I am generally not a fan of writing prompts, preferring to allow my students to choose their own writing topics. However, they often need an idea to write about, especially for daily or weekly writing. I use these prompts as extra credit in my writing classes. My expectations for length, content, and accuracy in mechanical/grammatical aspects vary based on the proficiency of the student/class. However, all students are encouraged to not just answer the question, but also to explain the reasons behind their response. I regularly remind them to elaborate, and often include questions in my feedback to help them think of more ways to do so. My points system also varies based on the students, but am always sure to clearly explain it at the start of the semester (often I will award 5 points for each week a student completes 4 prompts with acceptable content/accuracy).
The first menu allows students to jump to the appropriate month. The second menu allows students to jump to the appropriate day. Each day includes the prompt based on one of the national (USA) celebrations for that day, a small image, and a text box for the student to type his/her response. The majority of the slide is left open for student response.
In order to avoid a lot of grading at the end of the term, I suggest giving students one month’s worth of prompts at a time (include the month level menu and all slides). This is easily done by making a copy of the full deck and deleting any slides you do not wish to use. With my adults I will sometimes give them the slides relating to the entire semester up front, but I will require submission each month (they can email me the file or share a link to it).
This PowerPoint file is sized at 8.5x11, so the slides can be printed and used in a paper format. It is also very easy to convert them to Google Slides by uploading to your Google Drive, opening with Slides, clicking File, Save as Google Slides.